1. Goodreads Goal
2018 - Read 60 Books
In 2017, I surpassed my goal of 50 books by reading 67, which was terrific! So, for 2018, I decided 60 would be sufficient. Little did I know that senior year was going to take a massive bite out of my reading time. So, in about mid-October, I lowered my goal to 50 and just barely squeezed by. Even though I didn’t get to read as much as I would’ve liked, I did discover a love of audiobooks in 2018! Now I listen to them when I clean, run, and work on projects in my art class.
2019 - Read 50 Books
Fifty seems to be my magic number when it comes to reading, so I think I’m going to keep my goal consistent at approximately one book a week. Since I’m going to be transitioning into college this year, I have no idea how much I’ll be able to read after this summer. I hope to continue to maintain my reading schedule as a regular habit while I go through significant changes in my life.
2. Classics Goal
2018 - Read 3 Classics On My Own Accord
This year, I wanted to explore more classic literature independently, rather than only reading them as assigned reading for classes in school. My original goal was to read Jane Eyre, Farenheight 451, and 1984. Unfortunately, I just read Jane Eyre on my own, but I also read The Great Gatsby for school. Even though it was assigned reading, I still enjoyed the story and would recommend it to others to read. I also got all the physical copies of the books I wanted to read this past year, so I did take some steps in the right direction.
2019 - Read 3 Classics On My Own Accord
I think 3 classic books out of 50 total is a very attainable goal, especially since I have the physical copies in my possession. The funny thing about this goal for 2019 is I want to read the same three books! I read Jane Eyre last summer, but I felt after I finished the book, that I needed to take the time to read the book slowly and thoughtfully to thoroughly understand what is happening in the book. The language in the book is a lot more sophisticated than modern day YA, so I think rereading it in small sections will help me to appreciate it more. As for the other two, I still want to read them, so they haven’t changed.
3. Physical TBR Goal
2018 - 10 Books
This goal was one of the easiest to accomplish because I discovered I had been putting off reading some fantastic books! I feel like most of the time, the books I put off because I’m not in the mood for the ones that seem really long are the ones that end up being my favorites of the year. I think that by having moderate expectation levels, I set a book up to exceed all of my preconceived notions. Some of these books this year were Endgame: The Calling, I’ll Give You the Sun, and Three Dark Crowns!
2019 - 13 Books
Since I didn’t get to read a whole lot this fall, my TBR pile is a *smidge* backed up. And by that, I mean more books are sitting around than I know what to do with.** The good news is I usually ask for a ton of new books for Christmas, and this year I only asked for books that I have read in the past but don’t have the physical edition that I want. So I did minimize any devastating damage there. Many of the books I have now are ones I haven’t heard much about, so I’m excited to find a new favorite amongst the pile.
**Don’t look at me. I’m ashamed.
4. Reading Slump Goal
2018 - Kill Slumps Early On
This goal is hard to measure, especially since this semester has felt like one big reading slump. I think it was a great idea at the beginning of the year, but I’m going to read when I feel like it. If I feel like watching a movie or binging a Netflix series, I’m probably going to do that instead. It’s just how I’m wired.
2019 - Adapt Reading With Changes
Instead of trying to micromanage my reading slumps (because, unfortunately, I know they’re going to occur whether I like it, or not), my goal this year is to find ways to fit reading into my life as I conquer the many changes I know are coming my way. I’m graduating from high school this May, my family is moving this summer, and I’m going off to college (though I don’t know where yet) this fall. My life is flipping on its head, and I want to keep my love of reading and blogging strong through all of it.
5. Bedtime Reading
2018 - Read Every Night Before Bed
Since I participate in many after-school activities, it is hard for me to keep a consistent nighttime routine. Sometimes I get home at 6:00 in the evenings, and other times it isn't until 10:00. After I graduate, I want to develop a regular bedtime and sleep schedule, but with high school, it’s just too hard. So, needless to say, I did not read every night before bed. Wamp wamp wah.
2019 - After Graduation, Create A Nightly Routine That Includes Reading
Even though I won’t be able to start this goal for over a third of the year, I still think it needs to be written down here. I’m not sure how my schedule will be once I start college, but hopefully, I can get a stable reading routine down before I start school in the fall.
2018 has been one heck of a year in reading, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings! Thank you all for supporting my blog this year, and thank you, again, for continuing to read my posts every week.
Happy New Year,
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.